“Mulatto” by Langston Hughes

“Mulatto” by Langston Hughes

Poem Review

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Langston Hughes created poetic forms that focused on the experiences of black Americans and spoke in an idiom that blacks would recognize as distinct from the traditions of high art as defined by white artists and white audiences were fully intentional. Hughes’s works – whether poetry or prose – are meant to be read aloud, for his work is fundamentally concerned with rhythm. In many ways, it is a literary embodiment of the same metrical concerns that define jazz combined with the verbal slipperiness of assonance and alliteration. (more…)